The MEECA Maven:  News and updates on Michigan's energy efficiency industry. February 2014
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A Snowy, Cold, Short Month Leads to Long Days


February is the shortest month of the year.  As you know, this February has been exceptionally snowy and cold.  For those of us in the energy space, it seems like the month was over just after it started.  Either we were putting in long days advocating for the energy efficiency industry or responding to a huge bump in calls from home and business owners looking for ways to combat the effects of the snow and extreme cold.   
In this month’s MEECA Maven you will read about upcoming conferences and events, introduction to a piece of legislation being discussed to recognize Home Energy Inspections and Comprehensive Home Energy Audits, and an update on proposed revisions to Michigan’s residential energy code.
One new initiative we are particularly excited about is the launch of the Michigan ENERGY Beat – a web streamed radio program produced in partnership with Chris Holman and the  

This show is intended to provide real world energy information specifically for Michigan small businesses.  We look forward to providing updates on current energy issues, host featured guests in Michigan’s energy industry and highlight commercial energy efficiency projects completed by MEECA members.  Recorded monthly, podcasts of the Michigan ENERGY Beat will be available at   The first show will be available in early March.
Stay warm out there…burr!


Brindley Byrd
Executive Director 

Efficiency United Commercial & Industrial Energy Conferences

Four Top Reasons to Attend  


Efficiency United is hosting their 3rd Annual Commercial & Industrial Energy Conferences on in the Upper Peninsula on April 2, 2014 at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris, MI and in the Lower Peninsula on April 16, 2014 at Firekeepers Casino & Hotel in Battle Creek, MI.   It is a safe bet that attending one or both of these conferences will increase your odds at hitting the energy efficiency jackpot!

These events are being promoted to trade allies, industry stakeholders and commercial customers of the 20 utilities that comprise Efficiency United.
MEECA member CLEAResult organizes these events and lists four top reasons to attend:

  1. One-on-one networking with subject matter experts

  2. Opportunity to develop a working, simplified energy efficiency strategy for your home or business, including payback calculations

  3. Informative breakout sessions designed to teach you how to improve your bottom line

  4. A chance to review valuable rebate programs that help increase energy efficiency and reduce monthly utility bills

    To register, please click the links below:

            Upper Peninsula (April 2, 2014):    

            Lower Peninsula (April 16, 2014):     


Attend the Michigan Energy Forum  

Michigan Energy Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Join others interested in energy issues at the next Michigan Energy Forum (MEF) being held on Thursday, March 6th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at SPARK Central located at 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level, Ann Arbor, MI. 
As the newest member to the MEF board I personally invite you to attend and learn more about what is happening in Michigan’s Energy Entrepreneurial System.   
This event will be moderated by Todd Nelson with NEXTEnergy with the following guests serving as panelists:

  • Ryan Waddington, Managing Director of Huron River Ventures

  • Kayo Ramirez, Tech Team Member at the Michigan Small Business Development Center

  • Michael Forbes, Chief Executive Officer of Arborlight

Join these and other attendees as we learn more about Michigan’s thriving energy entrepreneurial ecosystem, with hardware and software start-ups, a variety of companies spinning out of our research universities, and established small businesses bringing new innovations to market. 
To register please click here.
Save the date of April 3rd, 2014 to learn about Distributive Storage with yours truly, Brindley Byrd as the moderator.   


MEECA Proposes Home Energy Inspection & Scoring Bill

Starting Michigan on the Path to Value Energy Efficiency

In August of last year, Elevate Energy (formerly CNT Energy) along with the National Home Performance Council released a report titled Unlocking the Value of an Energy Efficient Home. 
The goal of the report is to establish a blueprint that makes energy efficiency improvements and assets visible in the real estate market. 
Step 1 of the blueprint states:  Document energy efficiency features and improvements using consistent, standardized methods. 
The Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA), through our Home Performance Council, is currently working on draft legislation that will provide for the documentation of energy efficiency features using consistent and standardized methods.
MEECA has drafted an outline being used to frame the bill drafting discussion. 
Click here to read more…   

MEECA Supports Adoption of 2012 IECC

A Reasonable Way Forward for Michigan’s Residential Energy Code

Michigan is currently in process of reviewing the Michigan Residential Building Code (MRBC).  The State is scheduled to release an updated MRBC in 2015 following what has been traditionally a 3-year review cycle.  During the review currently underway, as with others in years past, there has been a lot of debate over energy codes.  When it comes to the residential energy code, the debate gets rather robust. 
MEECA’s board of directors submitted a letter of support to the governor for full adoption of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) into the 2015 MRBC. 
The board sees this step as a reasonable way forward for Michigan’s residential energy code.  Doing so aligns with MEECA’s primary purpose to see that Michigan has the most robust energy efficiency industry in the nation.  Further, adoption of the 2012 IECC will move Michigan closer to reaching the goal of eliminating energy waste as expressed by Governor Snyder in late 2013. 
Click here to read more… 


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